Thomas Jefferson Papers

Thomas Jefferson to James Madison, 26 May 1811

To James Madison

Monticello May 26. 11.

Dear Sir

As I sent you my first effort to keep Duane right, so I communicate the second, which the failure of our measures1 to help him obliged me to write. it probably closes our correspondence as I have not heard a word from him on the subject. Ritchie is correct as to the administration generally. I have written to a friend there what I am in hopes will put him right as to mr Gallatin, altho, as my friend thinks, it is not certain.

We have had much alarm as to the fly in our wheat. some friendly rains however have enabled much of it to out-grow that danger. good lands & husbandry have recieved little injury from it. but the indifferent present as yet rather a meagre appearance. you will be so good as to return me the inclosed after perusal & to accept the assurances of my constant affection.

Th: Jefferson

RC (DLC: Madison Papers); second paragraph and signature clipped, missing text supplied from PoC. PoC (DLC); at foot of text: “The President of the US.”; endorsed by TJ. Enclosure: TJ to William Duane, 30 Apr. 1811.

On 3 May 1811 TJ had written William Wirt two letters defending Albert gallatin.

1Word interlined in place of “efforts.”

Index Entries

  • Enquirer (Richmond newspaper); T. Ritchie as editor of search
  • Gallatin, Albert; newspaper attacks on search
  • Hessian fly search
  • Madison, James; and W. Duane search
  • Madison, James; letters to search
  • Ritchie, Thomas; editor of Richmond Enquirer search
  • weather; effect on crops search
  • wheat; effect of weather on search
  • Wirt, William; and W. Duane search